TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning are partnering with Metropolitan Ministries to host two teen toy drives on Ford Thunder Alley at AMALIE Arena prior to their home game on November 16 against the Winnipeg Jets and on November 23 against the Anaheim Ducks. This collection will make a tremendous impact for families in need and offer fans the experience of shared joy through giving.
Along with Metropolitan Ministries staff and volunteers, Lightning players' wives and girlfriends will be accepting donations of teen toy items on Ford Thunder Alley starting at 1:30 p.m. for their game on November 16 and starting at 4:30 p.m. on November 23. The Lightning invite fans to bring one or more items and be entered to win a chance to attend a morning skate for a future Bolts home game.
On November 21 and 22 at the Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent, located at 905 North Governor Street in Tampa, 20 Lightning staff members will volunteer for multiple shifts. The Bolts representatives will assist with client shopping, parking, wagon pulling, donation drop-offs, café operations and childcare while providing holiday meals and cheer for thousands of families from the Tampa Bay area. Metropolitan Ministries has an urgent need for donations of yams and/or canned beans, but all non-perishable food donations are accepted.
Metropolitan Ministries, a faith-based and community supported non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, is funded through charitable support of the community, including individuals, businesses, congregations, schools, foundations and civic groups, serving the needs of poor and homeless families in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Polk counties.